Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Woops, I made a skirt.

It's no secret that I make lots of skirts. They're easy to fit, quick and satisfying to make (well usually... not in the past couple weeks).

My most recent skirt:

Pretty nice right? I love how the pattern changes direction. Except... I was trying to make a dress, one of those cool wrap dresses you can tie many different ways. I had it all done, put it on, and...

...gaping. Ugh. No matter how I tied it, it was unflattering and some part gaped terribly. Well fine, Skirt it is. It's not something I would wear because of the length, so I passed it on to my mother. Oh man, it fits her perfectly! Someday I'll get a photo of her in it, but until then, here's some more of just the skirt:

I used bias strips of the same fabric to bind the waistband and create the ties...

...and a rolled hem foot with zig zag stitching for the hem. It's not perfect, but because of how the skirt moves the imperfections aren't very noticeable.

Here it is laid out on the floor. It's half a circle with a 44 inch "waist" and a buttonhole in the center of the waistband. To wear, you wrap it around, pull one tie through the buttonhole, and tie it to the other.

This fabric is rayon, my favorite, so I'm a little disappointed that I don't have a sweet new dress, but I guess sometimes you have to let a project be.

PS. accidentally making a skirt reminded me of this comic:
Good stuff.

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